How long has it been since you were in college? If you’ve recently graduated, your home décor probably consists solely of movie posters and college memorabilia. Right out of college, money is probably tight and your first apartment is going to have to look like that for a while. But if it’s been ten years and you’ve still got that Pink Floyd Poster in your front room, it’s time to redecorate. Here are ten tips to make your home more presentable and lose the dorm room look.
Refresh or replace budget furniture
In college and the years right after, most of the furniture you accumulated was found on a roadside or the build-it-yourself particle board variety. While it’s great for a dorm room, it’s not-so-great after college. You can replace this furniture one piece at a time as you can afford it with something better or you can give budget furniture a new look by giving it a fresh coat of paint or adding knobs or pulls.
Seek out unique finds
A single quirky piece can dramatically change the look of a room. If you tend to buy all of your home décor items from the same one or two stores, go somewhere else. You may even find the perfect piece to complete the look in a thrift store or flea market.
Class up your storage
You probably still have some of those plastic storage bins leftover from your college days. They can make a room look cheap. Throw out the plastic tubs and invest in some better storage options if you want to make your living space look classier.
Get some wall art
By wall art, I don’t mean posters and college memorabilia, I mean real, high quality prints that you can hang on your wall and be proud of. Don’t forget to frame your art as it can add a classy touch.
Update your bed
Still using the same bedding set from college? You can quickly update the look of your bed by getting a new duvet set. Go with a neutral color and invest a little more for Egyptian cotton sheets and something with textured pillows to get an elegant look.
Tell a story with knick-knacks
Everybody collects little odds and ends over the years. Many of these trinkets will have sentimental and you’ll want to display as many as you can. But if they’re placed haphazardly all over the place, the look won’t be cohesive. Choose your knick-knacks carefully and display them in a way that tells a story.
Upgrade your lighting
Nothing screams "dorm room" like cheap, flimsy floor lamps, table lamps, and string lights. Invest in some nicer lighting options to drastically change the look in your home.
Add some bling
Bling doesn’t have to be expensive. It certainly doesn’t have to be real gold, silver, or crystal. But you want some element of your home décor to sparkle. It can be a beaded trim on a lamp shade or a gold plated or crystal chandelier.
Lose the futon
A futon is an inexpensive, modern-looking alternative to a real sofa but most of the time, it just makes a room look cheap. It’s time to invest in a real sofa.
Natural accessories like seashells, flowers, stones, and woven baskets give your home an earthy, welcome home. It’s the small details that really transform a dorm room into a grown up’s living space.
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Any measurement greater than 7 3/8" inches (188)mm will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" inches (238)mm will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4"(140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4"(191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood ,tile or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraption receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.